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The modern Microsoft keyboard is equipped with a fingerprint sensor

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Often, Microsoft unveils its newly manufactured products with great fanfare to make them a commercial success, but the launch of the new modern keyboard marks an exception to this rule. Microsoft’s modern keyboard is the successor to Surface keyboard. She looks a lot like the latter. Differences that can be easily spotted include a new fingerprint reader and the ability to use a cable for a wired connection instead of a wireless connection.

Microsoft modern keyboard

Microsoft modern keyboard

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First impressions suggest that the slim keyboard is designed for efficiency and comfort in the work environment. It is elegant and made of virtually indestructible aluminum. The keys are shallow compared to other traditional desktop keyboards. The normal curvature is also missing. However, the typing experience on this device compared to other traditional desktop keyboards is good.

Aluminum case

The modern keyboard has an integrated fingerprint scanner.

Most Windows apps nowadays are designed to take advantage of Windows Hello and biometric login. As such, Modern Keyboard finds its usefulness. How? Microsoft has integrated a fingerprint reader into the second Windows key on the right side of the keyboard that can be used to log into Windows 10 or websites using Windows Hello. In particular, I find this method more suitable and secure than passwords that are susceptible to being intercepted or keyloggers. You will agree that it has become a little inconvenient to regularly type passwords on your desktop computer to access files and folders.

Fingerprint scanner

What about its battery? Microsoft says the keyboard should last four months on a single charge. Plus, the battery is rechargeable, so you don’t have to hand out new batteries from time to time. The product description is as follows:

  1. Length: about 17 inches (420.9mm)
  2. Width: about 5 inches (112.6mm)
  3. Wireless frequency: 2.4GHz frequency range
  4. Connection interface: compatible with Bluetooth Low Energy 4.0 / 4.1 / 4.2
  5. Wireless range: 33 feet (10 meters) outdoors. Up to 17 feet (5 meters) in a typical office environment

Other specifications

  1. Height: 0.76 inches (19.3mm)
  2. Weight: 15 ounces, approx
  3. Battery life: up to 4 months on a full charge
  4. Battery: rechargeable battery (included)
  5. Warranty: 1 year limited warranty

The strong point of the keyboard: In addition to Windows, the Modern Keyboard is compatible with macOS and other platforms such as Android. The product is available through the Microsoft Store in the US for $ 129.99, in Canada and China, which is $ 30 more than the standard Surface keyboard.

Tap the notification message in the lower right corner of your Windows 11 device. Your Windows 11 device will automatically pair with Microsoft Modern Keyboard with Fingerprint ID when the keyboard driver is installed.

Where is the pairing button on my Surface keyboard?

Next to the battery cover at the bottom of the keyboard, you’ll find the pairing button. To search for Bluetooth and other devices on your PC, click the Start button, then select Settings> Devices.

Microsoft modern keyboard

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